Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

indelible

Definition:(adjective) Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent.
Synonyms:permanent, lasting, enduring, ineradicable, ineffaceable, inexpungible, inextirpable
Usage: Before I left for camp, my mother wrote my name inside all of my clothes with indelible ink.
Article of the Day

Bermuda Triangle

Located between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico, the Bermuda Triangle is an area in the Atlantic Ocean where a number of ships and aircraft have vanished. Compass issues and violent storms are likely to blame, but some believe the region—also known as the Devil's Triangle, to be rife with paranormal activity and alien abductions. Investigations to date have not produced scientific evidence of any unusual phenomena. What was Flight 19, and what happened to it in the Bermuda Triangle? More...
This Day in History

Caleb Davis Bradham Begins Selling "Pepsi-Cola" (1898)

Bradham was a pharmacist who invented a soft drink made with kola nut extract, vanilla, and "rare oils." He believed his drink aided digestion and renamed it "Pepsi-Cola" after the kola nut and pepsin, an enzyme that aids in digestion. In 1902, he incorporated the Pepsi-Cola Co, and, in 1931, the trademark and assets were bought by Charles Guth, who improved the formula and marketed a 12-ounce bottle for five cents with huge success. What did Bradham originally call his drink? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)

Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist whose dramatic poem Faust is considered one of the world's greatest poetic and philosophic creations. In it, he represents Faust, the legendary scholar who sold his soul to the devil, tragically, as a singularly modern figure who is condemned to remain unsatisfied by life. In his later years, Goethe was celebrated as a sage and visited by world luminaries. Goethe wrote which of his novels while suicidal over an unrequited love? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

half-pint

Any small, weak, and/or insignificant person. Alludes to a pint, a unit of liquid measurement. More...
Today's Holiday

Plague Sunday

When the plague reached the village of Eyam, Derbyshire, England, in 1665, about three-fifths of the town's population was wiped out. But under the leadership of Vicar William Mompesson, the villagers voluntarily isolated themselves from other villages in the parish. Every year on the last Sunday in August, a procession of clergy, standard bearers, choir members, and musicians forms at Eyam's parish church and proceeds up the road leading toward a place up in the hills known as Cucklet Dell. A simple sermon pays tribute to the plague victims and the 74 villagers who survived. More...
In the News

Hypoallergenic Peanuts on Horizon

People with peanut allergies may soon be able to enjoy the taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or any number of other peanut products, without fear. Researchers have developed a process that breaks down allergens in peanuts, effectively rendering them harmless to those with peanut allergies. The process reduces peanut allergens by 98 to 100 percent and can be applied to whole, broken, and ground peanuts. It may not be long before hypoallergenic peanut products start hitting store shelves. More...
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